First, I would like to apologize for the two outages that happened this week. The first one is something that I do not know what happened but only the LAN was accessible because traffic never went beyond the modem, but that was fixed quite easily. The other outage was caused because somebody was having network troubles, but that has been resolved as well. Anyway, I have said before that I promised to cover both the final thirteen episodes of Inuyasha: The Final Act and Detective Conan (Case Closed) regularly this year. Fortunately, iTunes informed me of a new episode earlier, so it looks like I can fulfill that promise. Today, I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 15.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Inuyasha and the gang are finally having some peace, while they wait with Kohaku and the members of Sesshomaru's party for Sesshomaru to return. While they do not have to wait long, the moment of peace is broken when Sesshomaru draws his sword, demanding Inuyasha do the same. However, Sesshomaru's goal does not seem to be kill Inuyasha, like everyone thought.
I liked this episode. This was the reason why I said that episode 13 was important. Like that episode seemed to foreshadow, at least to me, Sesshomaru did indeed engage Inuyasha in battle. Without seeing that episode, everyone would have thought he came for Tessaiga, which was his motivation for attacking Inuyasha back in the first series. The funny thing about this fight was the fact that Sesshomaru knew it was trap, yet he willingly did what Naraku wanted him to do anyway. Sometimes, things are like that in real life. Unfortunately, I cannot really think of any examples. I was also right to be suspicious of the shard that Byakuya gave to Sesshomaru. Naraku also acted as he usually does, only getting his hands dirty when things do not go his way. This is pretty how people act in our society. They want something and when things do not go as they should, they succumb to their greed and commit horrid acts, such as murder and theft. Sesshomaru was a good enough brother though to actually stop Naraku from killing Inuyasha. Besides, it is annoying when somebody interferes with a fight. We all pretty much want to test ourselves against each other, yet when somebody steps in, it just leaves us unsatisfied with the results, no matter whether or not it was a result that we wanted. I really liked how Sesshomaru knocked Inuyasha awake, after he got infected with miasma. Sometimes, we need to be brought back to reality but we cannot do it ourselves a lot of the time. Sesshomaru was also more suited because I at least did not have to hear Kagome screaming Inuyasha's name. As I have said many times before, that really does get annoying after a while, since it just makes Kagome look weak. The fans will like that the action and humor they expect is still there. The best part though was the fact that Sesshomaru did not accept Tenseiga, when it turned back into a useless sword, but Totosai said that Sesshomaru would soon be getting a weapon of his own. This seems very much like the final words stated when the FMA manga and FMAB anime ended. Like Chancho from Fistful of Reefer learned, there is nothing in this life that can be gained without some sort of sacrifice. However, as my favorite quote from FMA, no matter whether it is a mistranslation or not, goes, once the loss experienced from the sacrifice is overcome, we get something better than we once had. As it has been a while since I saw this series subbed, I do not exactly remember what it is Sesshomaru gets, but due to the fact that the final thirteen episodes are now being released dubbed, which is great for me because the subs Viz provides on Hulu are too small to view anywhere but the computer screen, I can say that we will definitely find out what it was that Totosai was talking about. I am glad though that Sesshomaru knew what Tenseiga wanted to be done, as well as the fact that he did not seem to hesitant to let Inuyasha take Meido Zangetsuha. The fact that the events that were kind of foreshadowed by episode thirteen finally happened, as well as the fact that Totosai suggests that Sesshomaru may get something better seems similar to the true end of FMA, certainly made this a pretty good episode.
Although I liked the episode, there are certainly some issues. However, aside from what I have already complained about in other episodes and the fact that this series is not for newcomers, I can only thing that I can think of to complain. I do not get how Sesshomaru knows pretty much all of Tessaiga's techniques. Now, I will admit that it has been quite some time since I have seen the first anime, but I thought I saw at least one or two techniques that I did not think Sesshomaru even encountered before. It makes sense that he knows about the Wind Scar, Adament Barrage, and the dragon-scaled Tessaiga because he saw all of them in this series. However, I do not even remember him actually seeing either the red Tessaiga or the Backlash Wave, so he should not be able to use them. Yes, he did not use the dragon-scaled Tessaiga via the shard of Kana's mirror. I really wish that some of this stuff were actually answered instead of requiring us to actually believe that some character or characters actually know everything, especially when there is no god-like being. The fact that we are again treated to something that seems somewhat unexplained, unless somebody can point me in the right direction of how Sesshomaru knew about the two things I did not think he saw, does not make this episode look so great.
Despite the issues, the fact that things went as expected, from what episode 13 suggested, as well as the fact that Sesshomaru is hinted to learn the same thing as Edward Elric and that nothing the fans expect has disappeared, this was definitely worth watching. I recommend this to only current fans of Inuyasha.
What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 15? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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